Virginia Senior Citizens

At Mason, we know that learning is a lifelong pursuit. That’s why we are proud to welcome Virginia’s seniors to attend Mason as part of our non-degree programs.

Eligible Virginia residents may apply to take university courses for credit in either degree- or non-degree seeking status without paying tuition per the Senior Citizen Waiver Program

Admitted senior citizens may register to audit courses regardless of income level. Senior Citizens are required to meet all admission criteria and deadlines detailed in Mason’s undergraduate admission criteria. 

Mason waives the application fee for Seniors enrolling under the Senior Citizens Higher Education Act of 1974.  

Apply as an Undergraduate

  1. Apply online and select the Senior Citizen Application Fee Waiver option at the end of the Mason-exclusive application.
  2. Provide any documentation requested by the Office of Admissions. 
  3. Check your email and portal for updates about your admission decision.
  4. Register for courses.
  5. Submit the Senior Citizen Tuition Waiver form, if applicable.

Apply as a Graduate

  1. Apply online using your program's application. A fee waiver will be applied automatically based on your age and location.
  2. Allow for processing of your application and check your application status online.
  3. Wait for your decision email.
  4. Accept your offer of admission.